BEIRUT: At least 2,000 people, mostly Islamic State terrorists, have been killed in Syria by a US-led air campaign in the past seven months, a monitoring group said Thursday.
“At least 1,922 fighters from IS, mostly foreigners, have been killed since September 23, 2014 in raids and aerial attacks by the international coalition on IS positions and oil refineries” throughout Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The strikes targeted IS positions in the central province of Homs, as well as Aleppo in the north, Hasakeh in the northeast, and Deir Ezzor to the east.
They also struck the northern province of Raqqa, where the provincial capital of the same name has become the center of IS’s self-styled “caliphate.”
The toll also included 90 fighters from IS’ rival and Al-Qaeda Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front, most of whom were killed in coalition strikes on their strongholds in northern Syria. It also included one rebel who was being held by IS.
At least 66 civilians, including 10 children, have been killed in the campaign, the Britain-based Observatory said.
The coalition air strikes have provided significant support to Kurdish forces, helping them to expel IS from the flashpoint town of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border in January.